Chunghwa Telecom Co reported an annual decline of 4.7% in net income in the first quarter. EBITDA margin shrank to 34.2 percent last quarter from 35.21 percent a year before due to price cuts and increase in handset subsidies of smartphones.
Chunghwa Telecom ARPU (blended) rose 3 percent to approximately NT$ 602 last quarter from NT$ 584 a year ago. However ARPU from smartphone users actually fell to NT$ 1.163 from NT$ 1,185 a quarter ago, and NT$ 1200 a year ago.
Shih Mu-piao, Chunghwa’s president attributed the decline to its new policy of subsidising mid and low-end smartphones, which unfortunately carry a lower monthly fee.
One S is priced at $589.55 and runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The One S incorporates a 4.3 inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (540×960 pixel resolution) display with 256 pixels per inch. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor, has 1 GB of RAM and the internal memory amounts to 16 GB.
It has an auto focus rear camera of 8 MP with LED flash that can also record full HD videos (1080p) at 30 frames per second (fps) and a front-facing VGA camera for video-calling that can also record videos. The phone can record videos and take still pictures simultaneously.
In terms of connectivity, the device has Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi hotspot) and 3G, and also features a micro USB 2.0 port. The device supports A-GPS, Stereo FM radio with RDS and Beats audio for improved sound. The handset measures 130.9mm x 65mm x 7.8mm and weighs 119.5 gm. It has a 1,650 mAh battery and will be available in dark grey colour.
Idea ID 918 priced at $107.08 and manufactured by Alactel the phone supports dual sim (GSM+GSM). It has a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen (480×800 pixel resolution) display and runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. With 512 MB RAM and 150 MB internal memory the device has expandable memory upto 32GB.
There is a 3.2 MP rear camera that can also record VGA quality videos. On the connectivity front, the device comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G, and also features a micro USB 2.0 port. The device also has FM radio and GPS. It has a 1,300 mAh battery and four hours of talk time and 200 hours of stand-by time are provided. The phone is available in black with extra white panels.
The company is yet to organize its partnership with Cathay United Bank , Easy Card Corporation and MasterCard International in a conference to be held.
A co-branded card will be launched, a Pay-Pass card, which will be a micro-sized memory card integrated with the functions of both a credit card and an easy card when inserted into the HTC Incredible E smartphone.
Near Field Communication, is the technology the phone uses to make contact free payments. As estimated the market demand may reach up to 100,000 units. Taiwan is yet to see a good number of NFC enabled phones though a lot of companies is using this technology.HTC is already offering this service in China but Taiwan is yet to establish a proper infrastructure that offers mobile payments.
A total of 129,571,696 shares were sold at an average price of $2.1 per share, for a cash consideration of approximately $272.8 million. The transaction was by way of an on-market sale. SingTel will recognise a gain of approximately $95 million in the first quarter ending 30 June 2012.
According to a report by China Economic Review, telecom operators in Taiwan are looking to launch new cloud-based products in an attempt to better compete with one another and increase their market share in the nation.
As per the report, Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd., the island’s largest telecom service provider, is planning to launch new products next week, focused on individual consumers, while rival operator Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. Ltd. is targeting the enterprise customer base.
However, Taiwan Mobile Co. Ltd. has been focusing on both retail and institutional customers to penetrate the local cloud technology-based market.
The mobile industry in Taiwan hopes to begin the implementation of fourth-generation (4G) wireless standards in July 2013, in an attempt to enhance the broadband penetration across the island, as reported by Taiwan today.
Su Herng, National Communications Commission (NCC) Minister, has said that the Cabinet has greenlighted their plan for implementing 4G telecom standards. Further, the issuing of licenses will be completed by June 2014. Su also said that as part of this process, the NCC is consulting with the private sector and all relevant parties, as well as mapping out complementary measures addressing the needs of business and the public.
The minister also added that the NCC remains flexible on technologies adopted by local operators in developing and delivering their services. Su further said that a task force had been set up to oversee the project, claiming that their goal is to cut the process to 90 days and assist these firms meet market demand.
Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC Corp. has reported a 20 percent decline in its consolidated sales in November this year as compared to the previous year, causing its share price to drop significantly. According to reports, the stock price fell to US$ 14.1 (TW$ 428) the lowest price this year.
Increasing competition from global players like Apple and Samsung has led to decreasing profit margins for the company. Further, industry analysts reportedly claim with these manufacturers gaining a larger customer base with each product launch, the market share of HTC may decline in the next few quarters.
As per sources, HTC Corp.’s consolidated revenue declined to US$ 1.02 billion in November this year.
Taiwan based smartphone maker HTC Corp., has reportedly cut its fourth-quarter revenue forecast due to increasing competition from Apple Inc. and Samsung, along with the global economic crisis. According to reports, HTC’s shares dropped 6.9 percent to reach its lowest value in over a year to US$ 17.21 (NT$ 526) in Taipei.
The company sales have been witnessing a decline with stiff competition from Samsung smartphones. As per sources, industry analysts claim that the decline in sales in the US market have played a significant part in HTC’s forecast announcement, as the company had managed to become the largest smartphone vendor for US in the third quarter.
HTC had initially predicted the fourth-quarter results to grow 30 percent to $4.4 billion, but later announced that the revenue for the quarter ending December 2011 would be flat as compared to the previous year. Further, the company is also reviewing the acquisition of S3 graphics, after the firm lost the patent infringement case against Apple.
The Taiwanese government is planning to commence its 4G auction schedule two years ahead of schedule, by 2013 in an attempt to enable operators to launch their LTE services by 2015, as suggested by reports. Sources reveal that these allocations are expected to be in either the 700 MHz or the 2.6 GHz bands and may be released together with the 900MHz and 1.8GHz spectrum.
According to reports, the ministry would need to reach an agreement to replace the 700-MHz band as the spectrum is currently allocated to the military. As revealed by sources, the advance in Taiwan’s LTE schedule may hint at the country’s shift in focus from Wimax technology to LTE.